These days anyone can be hit by a cyber-attack. It’s not lucrative to target individuals, but if you manage to hit a multi-million-dollar company, you’ve got the upper hand. Or so we’re guessing. That seems to be the case following a massive ransomware attack against Garmin, which encrypted the majority of its services and systems, taking most of it offline for an extended period of time.
This weekend, Garmin services suddenly went down as users reported issues accessing arbitrary things like its website and customer service channels. Garmin has now issued a statement, confirming that the company was the victim of a cyberattack that encrypted some of its systems on 23 July.
We will rebuild
“As a result, many of our online services were interrupted including website functions, customer support, customer-facing applications, and company communications,” the statement reads. Once systems went down, the company immediately started investigations by assessing the nature and extent of the attack.
Lucky for Garmin users, it doesn’t look like user information or personal data was compromised. Garmin product functionality also seems to be fine after services were re-established, so hopefully, no long-term harm has been done.
Garmin has announced that its services should be up and functioning normally again. “Affected systems are being restored and we expect to return to normal operation over the next few days… As our affected systems are restored, we expect some delays as the backlog of information is being processed.”